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Our fleet: Lexus IS 300h 2.5 SE - June 2014

Lexus
BIK List Price
£29,440
Lexus IS BIK list price
BIK Percentage
12%
Lexus IS BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Lexus IS CO2
Combined MPG
65.7
Lexus IS MPG

Review

After six months on the Fleet News test car fleet, the IS 300h has returned to Lexus.

It was the second hybrid that I’ve had on long-term test (the first was the Honda Jazz) and I think I’m a convert.

I enjoy the quiet driving style of hybrids and the instant torque they offer.

For a premium saloon, the IS 300h also has class-leading CO2 emissions of 99g/km - below key rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Back when I tested the Jazz for 12 months at the end of 2011 its emissions were 104g/km – and that’s a supermini – so it’s a sign of the progress that hybrids have made that the IS 300h is sub-100g/km.

While the Jazz is a ‘mild hybrid’ (the electric motor simply assists the petrol engine) the IS 300h is a ‘full hybrid’, meaning the electric motor can power the car for short periods at low speeds.

I regularly coasted around town on electric only – sometimes at 30mph – in the IS 300h.

It also has a ‘snow’ setting (which I didn’t get chance to put to the test), as well as ‘sport’, ‘normal’ and ‘eco’ modes.

I did much of my driving in ‘eco’ to get maximum fuel economy. In the end the IS 300h was within 10mpg of the official combined figure of 65.7mpg, which is a decent return.

My only real grumble was with some of the in-car technology. The sat-nav (which is a pricey optional extra at just under £2,000) wasn’t as intuitive as it should be and the joystick controller (which operates like a computer mouse) made inputting addresses in the nav fiddly.

However, Lexus is improving this technology. The next generation of this technology, available in the NX, is a touchpad controller which should be easier to use.

Sarah Tooze

Top Speed
125mph
Lexus IS Top Speed
VED band
A
Lexus IS Ved
Fuel Type
Hybrid
Lexus IS Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £11,050
4 Year 80k : £8,300
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 43.01
4 Year 80k : 39.40

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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